Last week’s post on container gardening mentioned that tomatoes are an excellent option for pots; they are quick growing and produce fruit all summer. You’re probably thinking “So what? They might grow quickly, but that doesn’t mean they’ll taste good!” Well, let us give you a few tips on how to grow delicious tomatoes in your container garden. Also, don’t forget to stop by The Family Tree today; 1 gallon tomatoes are only $1.89 while supplies last!
Types of Tomatoes
Before you plant your tomatoes, you first need to determine what kind to get.
– Heirloom tomatoes are varieties that have been handed down through the generations without any modifications; they have a better taste than hybrids.
– Hybrids have been genetically modified to resist certain diseases and can thus produce more prolifically than heirloom plants.
– Determinate varieties are bush-like in appearance and produce the majority of their tomatoes at one time. These plants are an excellent choice for anyone wanting a large quantity of ripe tomatoes at once.
– Indeterminate varieties are vines that continue to grow and produce tomatoes throughout the season.
Caring for Your Tomatoes
Once you have chosen your tomato plants, the next step is keeping them alive and well-loved as you wait for their bounty.
- Only plant one tomato per a pot; this allows it to develop a strong root system and ultimately produce better fruit. If you
discover that you cannot resist the urge to economize and have more than one plant in the pot, choose a small herb that won’t spread much, such as thyme.
- Fertilize your plants when their first flowers appear so that they will have all the nutrients they need to produce delicious tomatoes. One excellent choice is our Dr. Earth Tomato Food, which is completely organic and resists blossom end rot.
- When watering, your goal is to keep the soil at a constant moisture level, which keeps the plants from going through any periods of drought or extreme moisture. Pots dry out quickly, so it’s important to check them every day.
- By pruning all the little growths and unproductive branches off your tomatoes, you allow the plant to direct its energy toward producing plump and tasty fruit.
Your tomatoes are ready to harvest when they are round and fully colored. To take them off the vine, carefully grasp the fruit and gently twist to disconnect the stem.
Celebrate your achievement (and your succulent tomatoes) by enjoying a fresh tomato sandwich, pasta with homemade tomato sauce, or a refreshing Caprese salad!